A throwaway remark by Steve Whitehouse this morning, "I wonder how widespread this species is?" prompted me to visit some raspberry growing on the Clent Hills, close to home, and after 10 mins searching I found a stem with feeding signs in two shoots. Carefully breaking one of the shoots apart revealed the bright red larva of corticella, bingo, a new site.
Returning home I remembered there was ample raspberry growing just 300 metres from my back gate, with the moth present not far away at Clent, could it also be even closer to home? You guessed it, yes, 7 wilting shoots with frass indicating feeding larvae, one of which was again removed for confirmation - what a result!
|Clent Hills (feeding signs not always as obvious as this)|
|Broadway Wood larva spun up for pupation.|
|Clent Hills larva exposed in shoot.|